Cindy Townsend Holding Silent Auction for Foundation Through Franklin Store

Town’s End General Store in downtown Franklin announced the closing of its store this week–but when one door shuts, another one opens!

Cynthia Townsend, owner of the shop, also revealed that she will open her franchise-owned business, Jamba Juice, in its location come Spring 2015. Though Town’s End General Store is closing, it is now offering discounts on items throughout the store–including display and antique items.

The sale will continue through the first week in February, and conclude with a silent auction coinciding with Franklin Art Scene on Friday, Feb. 6. The silent auction will end on Friday, Feb. 8. The proceeds from the event will benefit the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County and Williamson County CASA.

Silent auction items will include merchandise left after the store’s sale, items Cindy has saved for the auction, antique pieces from Cindy’s own collection, and more!

“We are glad to have the opportunity to give back to our community through local charitable involvement,” Cindy says.

Jamba Juice Company is a leading restaurant retailer of all-natural, specialty beverage and food offerings–which include whole fruit smoothies, fresh-squeezed juices, breakfast wraps, wellness bowls, sandwiches, flatbreads, kids’ meals and a variety of baked goods and snacks.

“Community involvement is extremely important to the Jamba brand, and we want to continue to have an impact in the area by promoting a health, active lifestyle through better options–as well as programs that support schools, youth sports and local causes.”

Town’s End General Store is located at 504 West Main Street, two doors down from Sweet CeCe’s.

To learn more about Jamba Juice, go to www.facebook.com/JambaJuiceNashville.


Chairs Named For 41st Annual Heritage Ball in September 2014

Hincheyville Neighbors Represent Past, Present & Future of Black Tie Event

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Brian and Lisa Beathard

Generations of Williamson County residents have made a tradition of supporting the Heritage Ball, the community’s longest-running black tie event. Now, Brian and Lisa Beathard of the Hincheyville neighborhood in downtown Franklin have been named Chairs of the Heritage Ball, and their neighbor Marty Ligon, who launched the initiative 41 years ago, will serve as Honorary Chair.

“Historic preservation is about honoring the past as part of our present and our future,” said Mary Pearce, executive director of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County. “This is a long-standing tradition and a principal fundraiser, so it’s exciting to see a young professional couple as Chairs who want to continue the Heritage Ball legacy that the ones who came before them brought to life.”

Brian Beathard currently serves as a County Commissioner in the 11th district. A sales executive in the transportation industry, he is a native Texan and a graduate of Baylor University. Since moving to Franklin with Lisa and their two children, Payce (9) and Ava (11), the Beathards have jumped headfirst into community service. Brian currently sits on the boards of the Heritage Foundation, Franklin Tomorrow, the Williamson County Education Foundation, the Downtown Neighborhood Association and Carnton Plantation. In addition, he serves on the County Budget Committee and the Parks and Recreation Committee, and is also a member of the Franklin Noon Rotary.

Born and raised in Nashville, Lisa Beathard is an alumnus of Brentwood Academy and Belmont University. A scholarship athlete at Belmont, she has been a Registered Nurse at St. Thomas Hospital for 18 years. She volunteers on a regular basis with Poplar Grove School, where the children attend, and has worked in support of various events for the Heritage Foundation, including the Town & Country Tour of Homes, the Main Street Brew Fest, Pumpkinfest and the Main Street Festival.

“Lisa and I fell in love with Franklin when we first met, and we knew we wanted to raise our family here and be involved with shaping the future of the community,” Brian said. “Now, almost 10 years later, we’re honored to be able to head a talented committee that orchestrates one of the most significant events of the year.”

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Marty Ligon

Marty Ligon, who also lives in the Hincheyville Historic District, was the leader of a core group of people who conceived and executed the inaugural Heritage Ball 41 years ago. Back then, Carnton Plantation was home to tenant farmers, and had fallen into disrepair. During the frantic renovation in advance of the first Ball, bare wiring and other hazards were discovered, potentially heading off disaster for what has become one of the region’s most popular Civil War tourism destinations.

“Not only were we able to highlight the importance of Carnton and convince the families to allow us to borrow artifacts to decorate the house as it would have been before the Battle of Franklin, but things like Carrie McGavock’s portrait and the dining room table and many other key pieces remain in the home today,” Ligon said. “The Ball was the spark that set in motion a series of events that brings us to where we are now, which no one could have imagined back then.”

Ligon says it required a Herculean effort to pull off the inaugural event. People who were involved back then are some of the familiar faces you still see at the Heritage Ball today – people like Sandy Zeigler, Ann Herbert Floyd, Rod Heller, Danny and Teresa Anderson, and Joe and Betty Willoughby, who were named King and Queen of the Ball last year, and so many more.

“We were inspired by a cause that was important to us, and it’s a thrill to see how far everything has come today,” she said. “Sometimes people have trouble visualizing what something can be, and it’s always been a source of pride that we were able to accomplish our mission. I couldn’t be more delighted to serve as the Honorary Chair, and to share that recognition with everyone else who played a role.”

Since 1967, the not-for-profit Heritage Foundation’s mission has been to protect and preserve the architectural, geographic and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson County, and to promote the ongoing economic revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation. To learn more, visit www.historicfranklin.com or contact Torrey Barnhill at tbarnhill@historicfranklin.com.


Old, Old Jail

Heritage Foundation to Restore Downtown Franklin’s Old, Old Jail

Do you want to help us restore the Old, Old Jail? Email us here or call Mary Pearce at 615-591-8500 ext. 15.

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“Old, Old Jail” rendering by Ben Johnson

What is the Old, Old Jail?

One of Williamson County’s historic properties, the ca. 1941 “Old, Old Jail,” building served Franklin and Williamson County for more than three decades. From the 1970s on, it was used at various times as a Highway Patrol outpost, an employment office, the County archives, and book storage for the school system. It fell into disrepair and has been vacant since 2008.

When Did The Foundation Come Into Play? 

The Heritage Foundation completed the purchase of the building on Bridge Street in downtown Franklin in 2013.

A unique opportunity was created when FirstBank approached the City to rehabilitate the former Post Office at Five Points, where the Heritage Foundation offices had been located for more than a decade. Everyone involved understood that this could be an opportunity to save another neglected iconic building in Franklin—the Old, Old Jail.

The Art Deco-style structure was originally the Williamson County Jail, but the City of Franklin acquired it in approximately 2005 as part of a land swap. The City sold the building to the Heritage Foundation for $25,000 which was donated by FirstBank. The Foundation expects to restore the building to serve as their headquarters, and as a public resource for those interested in historic preservation. Street Dixon Rick is serving as the architect, and Rock City Construction is the contractor.

What Will It Be Called? 

The building will be called the “Big House for Historic Preservation.”

Why Should You Care?

  • Though the Foundation has served the community for nearly five decades, this will be the non-profit’s first permanent home.
  • We will be saving and restoring a piece of Franklin’s history.
  • The vision for the project is to help spark the revitalization of the Bridge Street district. The Heritage Foundation’s track record with bringing historic treasures back to life – most recently with the Franklin Theatre – make it a win-win for Franklin.
  • The building will be a resource for the community, a place where anyone with a need for or an interest in historic preservation is welcome.

How Will The Space Be Used?

In addition to the Foundation’s headquarters, it will also feature a vast archive of old photographs collected by Historian Rick Warwick, who has helped countless people learn more about their family and property histories over the years.The Foundation helps home and building owners with everything from National Register of Historic Places nominations to Franklin’s Main Street program.

A meeting room will be available for non-profit and community use on the upper floor. Other resources for those involved in history, preservation and planning will be available to the public.

Where Can I Learn More?

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HERITAGE FOUNDATION TO RESURRECT HISTORIC PROPERTY

Published: April 2013

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Old Old Jail in 2013

The City of Franklin’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen have approved a contract for the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County to purchase the building known as the “old, old jail” on Bridge Street, with a goal of restoring it to its ca. 1941 Art Deco appearance and using it as office space.

The contract is contingent upon the findings of a Phase II environmental study to be conducted within the next 60 days. The first phase revealed some potential ground contamination bordering the property—to be expected in an area that has housed auto repair and junkyard lots for decades—but nothing insurmountable, Foundation officials said.

“This building has been at the top of downtown Franklin’s most endangered list for years, and this is one of the key reasons why the Heritage Foundation exists: we restore old buildings that others might think would be better off torn down,” said Cyril Stewart, the Foundation’s Board President. “That was certainly the case with the Franklin Theatre, but with that project under our belt we feel that we are well positioned to take this on.”

Stewart, who is a licensed architect, says he believes the building is structurally sound, and that they expect to deal with some lead paint and limited asbestos abatement as part of the environmental remediation. The opportunity was too good to pass up, he says.

“With our current home at the Historic Five Points Post Office being restored by FirstBank soon, this is a chance to save two historic treasures while creating an office space that will serve the Heritage Foundation well into the future,” Stewart explained. “And with major development plans on the horizon for the Bridge Street corridor, we believe we can be a part of the revitalization of the entire north side of downtown Franklin.”

While the Foundation will purchase the property for $25,000, that number represents a small percentage of the restoration cost. The environmental impact study alone is expected to cost $15,000, before remediation. Heritage Foundation Executive Director Mary Pearce says she expects the total project cost to be around $1.5 million.

“It’s a daunting task that will take an entire community to pull off, but this is our mission… This is an integral part what we do,” Pearce said. “Together, we’ll find a way to get it done, and it will enhance the legacy of downtown Franklin for generations to come.”

Since 1968, the not-for-profit Heritage Foundation’s mission has been to protect and preserve the architectural, geographic and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson County, and to promote the ongoing economic revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation.


Mayor Ken & Linda Moore Nab Preservation’s Heavyweight Honor

Moores, Cyril StewartFranklin Mayor Ken Moore and his wife, Linda, agree:  It’s the dog’s fault.

When the Moores began thinking about a new home a couple of years ago they were looking for a yard for the German Shepherd they were planning to adopt.  Although they wanted to stay in the Historic Downtown Franklin district, they certainly weren’t looking for a major renovation project.

But that’s what they got, and in the process they also became the Heritage Foundation’s 2013 Historic Preservation Overall Award Winner for what the judge called “a textbook example of historic rehabilitation” and “a shining example of how to do historic preservation the right way.”

The home on Third Avenue S. was built in 1898 and has had half a dozen or so owners over the course of its life.  Several of them put on additions which impacted the historical integrity of the house.  But when the house came on the market Linda immediately saw their future home, despite the preservation challenges that awaited them.

“I was born in Franklin and grew up on these streets,” said Linda.  “I love the 15-block historic district and I wasn’t going to live anywhere but downtown.”

The mayor took some persuading.  “You have to understand, I was moving from a home where I didn’t have to do anything.  I knew there’d be challenges.  Surprises are always waiting behind the walls of old houses, and I told Linda I wasn’t ready to do a project this size.  But she convinced me.”

The Moores knew they faced two tasks: restoring the home as closely as possible to the original, and upgrading all the systems.  The seven-month project reconfigured the space that had been added on over the years to give the Moores a thoroughly modern kitchen, while returning the master bedroom to its original size.  Upgrading gave the home all new electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems, and state-of-the-art energy efficiency by encapsulating the attic and the basement, which are now temperature and humidity controlled.

And the surprises?  Windows without headers.  A bowed wall in the kitchen that made hanging cabinets – shall we say? — challenging.  The chimney that didn’t connect to a fireplace.  Matching the original flooring after old tile was torn up.

But there were lovely surprises, too, like an original limestone step tucked under the porch, which the Moores were able to reuse, and discovering what they thought was concrete was really hand-carved limestone.  They also discovered that replacing the weights and ropes allowed the original windows to again be functional.

“My advice to anyone who tackles a historic preservation project is to bite the bullet and do it the right way,” says Mayor Moore.  “No shortcuts.  Bring it up to the best standards you can.  Old homes take constant care. Continue to care for it even after the renovation.  Be very dedicated to the resource you have been entrusted with.”

Winning the Heritage Foundation’s Preservation Award has affirmed the Moores’ decision to tackle a project of this size.  “We were honored to be asked to submit an application and even more honored to receive the award,” said Mayor Moore.  “It just reinforced why we went to all the effort we did.”

And as they continue to learn more about the history of the house and the people who called the location home before them, the Moores are grateful for the opportunity to restore the property.  “I look at the newel post on the banister and wonder how many people have placed their hand on it over the course of more than a hundred years,” said Mayor Moore.  “It truly is a privilege to restore an historic home.”

 

 

 

 


Heritage Foundation Plots Objectives For Year; Reflects On 2013

Old Jail by Ben Johnson copy (1).jpgLast month, Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County board and staff members gathered to reflect on the year’s progress and to establish goals for 2014.

The workshop, held at Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant in Maury County, yielded a list of objectives for the organization that will shape the Foundation’s work in the coming year—one of which includes a renewed focus on a Harpeth Riverwalk installation in Historic Downtown Franklin. The group used their time in Columbia to study that city’s new downtown riverwalk, meeting with the city engineer who has spearheaded the project’s construction since 2010.

“This was a really valuable and very productive retreat, one where we were able to celebrate accomplishments and set goals for the new year,” said Mary Pearce, the Heritage Foundation’s executive director. “Facilitating an expanded riverwalk program and building a strong partnership with likeminded organizations is a top aim, and it’s something that’s been discussed in Franklin for years. We plan to lead a renewed focus on it in 2014.”

Pearce says that the Foundation has already had informal conversations with the Harpeth River Watershed Association and Franklin Tomorrow.

The Heritage Foundation—often in conjunction with its division, the Downtown Franklin Association—produces several festivals each year that support the organization’s mission. Pearce says the executive committee routinely evaluates all special events to confirm that each is truly mission-based and generating sustainable revenue.

Based on year-over-year trends, the board also discussed setting up a stronger volunteer leadership and committee system to assist staff in producing the award-winning festivals.

“We’ve continued to grow so much, and for that we are thankful. Between the Franklin Theatre, and our special events and festivals, the Foundation entertained almost a million people in 2012,” Pearce said. “We are always working to inspire the most amazing signature events possible.”

In early 2014, the Foundation will begin building teams for festival and fundraisers. Individuals interested in serving on those teams should email info@historicfranklin.com or call its office at 615-591-8500.

Perhaps the most significant project for the new year was set in motion this summer: finding a permanent home for the non-profit. With the help of FirstBank and the City of Franklin, the Foundation completed the purchase of Franklin’s ca. 1941 Art Deco-style “Old, Old Jail” building on Bridge Street—saving another endangered iconic building in Williamson County. The Foundation expects to invest approximately $1.7 million restoring the building to serve as their headquarters, and as a public resource for those interested in historic preservation.

The “Big House For Historic Preservation” will also feature a vast archive of old photographs collected by Historian Rick Warwick, who has helped countless people learn more about their family and property histories over the years. Pearce says the Foundation helps home and building owners with everything from National Register of Historic Places nominations and the Heritage Classroom program to becoming a part of Franklin’s Main Street program.

The accomplishment follows the transformative Franklin Theatre project and is an indicator of the organization’s strength and commitment to its mission.

“Over the course of 45 years, with the support of the community and the hard work of a dedicated staff and countless volunteers, the Heritage Foundation has helped drive a renaissance in Franklin,” said Cyril Stewart, Heritage Foundation board president. “What used to be a best-kept secret with empty stores and tremendous potential has now become a nationally celebrated destination for heritage tourism, and one of the best places to live in the country. The Foundation is proud of its past, present and future leadership role in Franklin’s progress.

“As we approach our first 50 years of service, our challenge now is to envision what challenges, opportunities and accomplishments the next 50 years will see.”

Since 1968, the not-for-profit Heritage Foundation’s mission has been to protect and preserve the architectural, geographic and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson County, and to promote the ongoing economic revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation. 

 


Early 1900s House to be Moved From Site of Future Carter Cotton Gin Park

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The Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County is presenting a rare opportunity to buy a well-kept historic home with a great story for less than $10,000. The catch: the buyer must relocate the home to a suitable property in Williamson County.

The story-and-a-half home, built near the turn of the 20th century on the site of the former Franklin High School on Columbia Avenue, was moved across the street in the 1920s to this location to make way for the new high school. The simple post-Civil War house, which sits on the site of the Carter Cotton Gin that played such a pivotal role in the Battle of Franklin, includes all of the original trim, fireplaces, beaded board paneling and an incredible central staircase, along with several original windows and doors. The Foundation is offering it for $7,500, and will advise a qualified buyer on the relocation process.

“This is a historic home that has a lot of history, and we want it to remain a part of Franklin’s story,” said Heritage Foundation Executive Director Mary Pearce. “For the right person, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase a historic house for next to nothing. We’ve been involved in moving nearly a dozen old homes; it is hard, tedious work and can be expensive, but it’s a labor of love. It is the road of last resort to save a house from demolition.”

The house is thought to have been built by Dr. Samuel Henderson Jr., who lived there until his death. Henderson’s heirs sold it to the City of Franklin when the site was chosen for Franklin High School in the mid 1920s, and the City offered this house and the house next door to purchase and move.

It is believed that Mrs. Robbie Hunter, who owned the Carter House at the time, is the one who relocated this house to a vacant lot on Cleburne Street, where it sits today. The current location of the second house is unknown.  Mrs. Hunter rented the home out until her death in 1946, at which point it was inherited by her brother, Bennett Hunter, who then sold the house at auction. For years the Sawyer family lived there, and it was later owned and rented out by Heritage Foundation founding member Roy Barker. The Heritage Foundation purchased the property for $162,000 in 1997. Local realtor Danny Anderson handled the transaction at no cost, and then-Heritage Foundation President Julian Bibb was the pro bono attorney. The organization put $32,000 cash down, and the property owner, Mr. Barker, carried the financing.

“The Heritage Foundation purchased this property hoping that one day we might be able to reclaim more of the property that was at the epicenter center of the Battle of Franklin,” Pearce said. “Now that the Carter Cotton Gin Park is becoming a reality, this home needs to be moved to interpret what happened on this site that means so much to Civil War history. This house has already been moved once, but we can never change the location of this sacred ground.”

Plans call for the house to be moved off the property by March of 2014. Interested parties should contact Pearce at the Heritage Foundation at 615-591-8500 x15.

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Hincheyville’s Marti Veto Named Chair of 38th Annual Tour of Homes

Downtown Franklin resident Marti Veto has been named chair of the 38th Annual Town & Country Tour of Homes, to be held June 1 and 2 in and around historic Franklin.

The event, produced by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County, is designed to showcase old homes in an effort to underscore the importance of historic preservation. This year’s tour includes properties from the 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as modern interpretations of Federal, Victorian and French Country-style homes in a newer neighborhood.

Veto, who bought her ca. 1920 Craftsman-style bungalow in 2007 on West Main Street, opened her restored home to the Tour of Homes in 2008.

“I love my downtown neighborhood—the history each house represents, the stories shared about previous owners, and most of all the ability to walk down the street and be in the heart of a bustling but well-preserved community,” Veto said. “The Heritage Foundation is one of the reasons it’s been so successful, and this tour is a deep-seated tradition.”

A native of Somerset, Ky., Veto came to Franklin from San Francisco, where she worked in the biotech industry. In 2009, she was tapped to lead the Cool Springs Chamber of Commerce, cultivating the organization to a point where it was happy to be absorbed into the newly unified Williamson County Chamber of Commerce. Most recently, she has launched Marti Veto Strategic Communications, a marketing consultancy.

“In my years of promoting life-saving biotech medicines, I won a lot of awards,” she says. “Now I just want to be a catalyst for others to reach their performance goals.”

The Tour includes the ca. 1849 Pleasant View Farm—better known locally as Gentry Farm—in the countryside on Highway 96 West. Both the 1869 home place and an early 1800s log cabin on the farm will be open to the public. Across the street in the Westhaven neighborhood, three contemporary homes that nod to local history will be part of the tour.

Also participating is the early 1900s Leiper’s Fork Inn on Old Hillsboro Road; a ca. 1910 Southern Colonial Revival home and garden on 2nd Avenue South and the Historic Reynolds Bungalow, built in 1915, on South Margin Street in downtown Franklin; and Ty’s House, the recently renovated ca. 1905 Second Empire-style home on Mt. Hope Street that now serves as the headquarters of the Hard Bargain Association.

Since 1967, the not-for-profit Heritage Foundation’s mission has been to protect and preserve the architectural, geographic and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson County, and to promote the ongoing economic revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.historicfranklin.com or call Kristy Williams at (615) 591-8500 x18.


Heritage Ball to Celebrate 40 Years of Preservation Success

40th Annual Heritage BallFrom Roper’s Knob to the Franklin Theatre, and a long list of historic treasures saved in between, the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County has a lot to celebrate. The 40th Annual Heritage Ball, to be held Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at the Eastern Flank Battlefield Park in Franklin, will be a retrospective on all that has been accomplished over the course of nearly a half century.

The Foundation’s work could not be done without its members and supporters, including corporate sponsors who underwrite significant expenses for key fundraising events. FirstBank has agreed to serve again as presenting sponsor for the Heritage Ball, underscoring their commitment to the community and the Heritage Foundation’s mission.

“FirstBank is making a big investment in downtown Franklin because we believe in the value of our history, and the Heritage Foundation has been the driving force behind preserving and enhancing our historic treasures,” said Gordon Inman, FirstBank’s Chairman – Middle Tennessee. “We’re excited about the restoration of the Historic Five Points Post Office, and about working with the Heritage Foundation on other projects moving forward. The Ball is a wonderful way to celebrate 40 years of success and to raise funds toward the future, and we are delighted to be a part of it.”

Jan and Andy Marshall, long-time Williamson County residents who own and operate the very popular Puckett’s family of restaurants, have been named the 2013 Ball chairs.

Andy took the path of his father’s grocery store business, purchasing his first Piggly Wiggly store at the age of 26, and eventually owned several stores in the area. He was president of the Tennessee Grocers Association, but his love of food, music and community began to steer him in a different direction in the mid-‘90s.  In 1998, he opened Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant in Leiper’s Fork, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Today, the Marshalls own Puckett’s restaurants in downtown Franklin, downtown Nashville and downtown Columbia. Puckett’s Boat House in downtown Franklin opened last year, and the Marshalls are part owners in Gray’s on Main, set to open this spring on historic Franklin’s Main Street. The restaurants have won multiple awards for best barbecue, meat and three, service, music and more.

Through the first decade of Puckett’s growth, Jan served as the company’s marketing and public relations arm. Previously, she was a director of admissions at Franklin Road Academy. She continues to play a central role in the development of the Puckett’s family of restaurants. The Marshalls have been married for 26 years, and have three adult children, Claire, Emily and Cliff. Their first grandchild is due this summer.

“We’ve always been proud to be associated with the Heritage Foundation, and it is a true honor to be asked to serve as chairs of the Heritage Ball,” Jan Marshall said. “We’re looking forward to working with the team to make the 40th Anniversary event one that will be remembered another half century from now.”

Angela Calhoun is returning as design chair, having produced a number of spectacular Balls over the last several years. She says the theme will reflect the landmark anniversary, with the color scheme associated with the traditional red that accompanies a 40-year commemoration.

“We are planning some special surprises throughout the evening that I think will make this one of the most memorable events ever,” Calhoun said.  “Every year, we try to build upon and top what has been done before, so our goal is to deliver an amazing experience that will dazzle all of the senses!”

All proceeds from the Heritage Ball benefit the work of the 46-year-old Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and preserve the architectural, geographic and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson County and to promote the ongoing economic revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation.  For more information on the Ball, and to learn more about the Heritage Foundation, visit www.historicfranklin.com or call Torrey Barnhill at (615) 591-8500, Ext. 20.


Sixteen Properties Honored in Heritage Foundation’s 46th Annual Meeting

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Roberts-Moore House

The Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County commemorated nearly a decade of preservation work at their 46th Annual Meeting and Preservation Awards Thursday, May 2, 2013 at the Franklin Theatre.

Each May, the non-profit organization uses the evening to recap the past year’s accomplishments and celebrate outstanding historic preservation projects. The meeting also served as a platform to announce the official purchase agreement of the “old, old jail,” which the Heritage Foundation will restore to its ca. 1941 Art Deco appearance and use as office space.

Among the 2013 honorees were Franklin Mayor Ken Moore and his wife, Linda. The Roberts-Moore House on Third Avenue South was selected as the Overall Winner for the residential rehabilitation of the 19th century structure.

“This is a textbook example of historic rehabilitation, because both the exterior and interior included perfectly balanced modern additions,” said judge Dan Brown, a certified local government coordinator with the Tennessee Historical Commission. ”It is a perfect addition to Franklin’s historically rehabilitated architectural patrimony and a shining example of how to do historic preservation the right way.”

In addition to the Roberts-Moore House’s grand prize, the Heritage Foundation recognized 15 separate projects that exhibited historical deference, including rehabilitations of residential and commercial structures, and new construction that complements the historic character of the Williamson County community. Mary Ellen Stevens was included in the honors for placing a conservation easement with the Land Trust of Tennessee on Windsong Farm in Leiper’s Fork.

The following structures received recognition in the 2013 award ceremony:

  • Anthropologie (Award of Merit for Commercial Rehab)
  • Blakely House (Award of Merit for Sustainability)
  • Coffee House on Second & Bridge (Award of Merit for Adaptive Reuse)
  • Factory at Franklin (Award of Merit for Sustainability)
  • Franklin Battlefield Inn (Award of Merit for Sustainability)
  • Frothy Monkey (Award of Merit for Adaptive Reuse)
  • Jamison House (Award of Merit for Sustainability)
  • Mathis-Richards House (Award of Merit for Historic Renovation)
  • McCandless House (Award of Merit for Adaptive Reuse)
  • Ogilvie Place-Beech Hill Farm (Award of Merit for Historic Renovation)
  • Ty’s House (Award of Merit for Adaptive Reuse)
  • Windsong Farm (Conservation Land Easement)
  • 412 Eddy Lane (Award of Merit for Historic Renovation)
  • 901 Evans Street  (Award of Merit for New Design)
  • 911 Evans Street (Award of Merit for New Design)